2013-2014 Pomeroy Basketball Season Preview

Nov. 1, 2013

The Pomeroy basketball team enters the 2013-2014 season returning six players from last year’s squad that featured two record setting individual performances.  On December 28, 2012 Britney Shaner became the all-time individual scorer in SMWC basketball history.  On February, 5, 2013 Whitney Allen became the ninth player in Pomeroy history to surpass the 1,000 point mark.  Since then, both Shaner and Allen have graduated, but the Pomeroys still return a core of young players with a year of experience under their belt.  The Pomeroys will be led by seniors Chelsea Weaver, Hailee Rittinger, and Madeline Pea.  Along with the senior class, junior Alaura McKemie and sophomores Mikayla Metheny and Sierra Lopez will look to guide the young Pomeroys to Uniontown, Pennsylvania for a trip to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships in early March. 

A busy recruiting season for the Pomeroys resulted in adding six new faces to this year’s roster.  Freshman newcomers Ja’Brenna Gardner, Jessica Gill, Mikayla Kinneer, Stephanie Moore, Kennedy Nelson, and Na-Shaunda Rayford join a new-look Pomeroy roster with a variety of talent and athleticism in multiple positions. 

Half of this year’s team is made of new players, six of them being freshman.  With a new system being implemented and young talent, head coach Deanna Bradley knows the challenges the team will face with less experience, but has an optimistic outlook on the upcoming season.  “The learning curve for this system is quite steep,” said Bradley.  “The players are pushing each other every day to reach their individual limits by the end of each practice.  We may take our lumps early, but if we can keep everyone healthy, once it clicks, this is an exciting group and style of basketball to watch, win or lose.”

This year will be the 20th season for head coach Deanna Bradley.  It also marks the 13th season for assistant coach Aaron Ballenger.  Having been in a coaching partnership for 13 seasons, both coach Bradley and Ballenger will use their veteran coaching experience in hopes of a successful basketball season.  “It has been a good working relationship for a long time and we are both excited about the possibilities this new system can bring to the program. Last year we began implementing the system, only to have to bail out of using it halfway through the season because of numerous injuries,” said Bradley. 

The Pomeroys open up the 2013-2014 season with two consecutive home contests against USCAA opponent Southern State Community College and Harris Stowe State University on Nov. 2& 5.  The Pomeroy will then take to the road with four straight away games at IU-Southeast, USCAA opponent Miami-Ohio Middletown, Brescia University, and Fontbonne University.  A matchup Principia College at home on Nov. 26 concludes the slate of November games.

The December schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Pomeroys as they open up with cross-town rival Rose-Hulman on Dec. 4.  A rematch with IU-Southeast follows before traveling to MacMurray College and taking part in the two-day tournament against the hosts and Greenville College.  The Pomeroys will make the trip back home against Heartland Collegiate Conference contender Earlham College on Dec. 19 before finishing out the month in Upland, Ind. at the Taylor Classic against Taylor University and Marian University. 

The January schedule opens up with two straight home games versus USCAA foe Robert-Morris Springfield and Brescia University on Jan. 4 & 8.  Then the Pomeroys will hit the road once more for a stretch of three straight away contests against USCAA opponents Lindenwood-Belleville and UC-Clermont, and a rematch with Southern State Community College.  Two straight home games follow against Oakland City University and IU-Northwest on Jan. 23 & 25 before traveling to Wilberforce, Ohio and Louisville, Ky. to take on Wilberforce and Spalding University. 

The final month of the season is very favorable for the Pomeroys as four out of the six scheduled games will be at home.  USCAA foe Andrews University comes to town on Feb. 2 followed by a road tilt rematch with USCAA opponent Robert-Morris Springfield.  Senior Day will follow with a rematch against UC-Clermont on Jan. 8.  The Pomeroys will then travel to Oakland City, Ind. on Jan. 11 with a rematch against the Lady Oaks before concluding the regular season at home against Lindenwood-Belleville and Wilberforce University on Jan. 13 & 19.  If the Pomeroys are able to reach the postseason, they will travel to Uniontown, Pa. for the USCAA National Championships held March 4-8, 2014.